Next Level: Familiar Golfers Continue to Excel
Carr, Fields, McGowan, Hoadley and Collins are familiar names for people who have followed junior golf closely in this area. It is good to see they are continuing to be successful at the college level.
Corinne Carr (O'Neal) leads the University of South Carolina women's golf team with a stroke average of 73.6 through four tournaments this fall.
The senior shot 73-73-71-217 to tie for fifth place at the Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championship that ended on Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee was first and the Gamecocks finished third in the field of 18 teams.
Carr's lengthy high school and junior golf resume includes being a member of two state championship teams at O'Neal and a North and South Junior title in 2004.
Also on Sunday in Tennessee, UNC golfers Jack Fields (Pinecrest) and Michael McGowan (O'Neal) wound up play at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate in Jonesborough. The Tar Heels finished ninth and Tennessee was first in that tournament of 15 teams that included six from the ACC.
Fields, a sophomore, finished in a tie for fifth place after rounds of 71-70-73-214. McGowan, a freshman, posted a score of 71-71-77-223 to come in 46th.
This weekend, Fields and McGowan will be joined in a tournament by Robert Hoadley (Union Pines), a freshman at UNC Greensboro. Hoadley's Spartans are hosting the UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate at Forest Oaks.
Hoadley finished in a tie for 31st place with rounds of 76-72-73-221 to lead the Spartans at the Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Classic two weeks ago. Rice, coached by another former Viking, Drew Scott, finished fifth in the event won by New Orleans.
Scott's junior days go back a few years, but he won a high school state championship while at Union Pines and is an inaugural member of the school's athletic hall of fame. He is in his fifth season as the coach at Rice, his college alma mater, after spending a number of years playing on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour.
University of Virginia golfer Eleana Collins attended a private school in California during her high school days but spent enough time with her parents in Pinehurst to win North Carolina Junior titles in 2006 and 2007. This summer, she added the Carolinas Women's Amateur title, a match play event.
Last month at another college event held in Tennessee, the Cavalier sophomore shot 74-74-148 at the Mason Randolph Intercollegiate in Franklin, Tenn. She finished in 61st place and the Cavaliers came in 12th in the tournament won by USC.
In other sports, UNC Pembroke senior Bonnie MacDonald (Union Pines) came in 10th at the Mt. Olive Invitational cross country meet a week ago, helping the Braves to a first-place finish. One of her coaches is Braves assistant coach Jeff Moody, who starred in track and cross country at Pinecrest and also coached at his alma mater as well as at Union Pines.
In women's soccer, Wingate freshman Chloe Donaldson (North Moore) is second on her team in assists with four after adding another one in the Bulldogs' recent 5-1 win over Brevard.
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